Home»Gujarat»Other Cities»Gujarat Polls: 'Embarrassed' Congress Hides Behind Sheila

Gujarat Polls: 'Embarrassed' Congress hides behind Sheila

Ankur Tewari, Dailybhaskar.com   |  Dec 04, 2012, 15:52PM IST
New Delhi: With Congress' troubleshooters doing no good, the party dispatched Delhi 'Tigress' to counter Gir's 'Lion' in the high-decible Gujarat assembly elections.
 
And, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also roared nothing less than a Tigress to 'pounce' on her prey -- Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi.
 
The focus of her entire speech was to tell Modi that it's Delhi not Gujarat where the "real development" took place.
 
Training guns at the BJP regime, three-time Delhi CM Dikshit said: "Gujarat embarked upon the path of during the regime of Congress government ... Today, everything is fake. It is not the real Gujarat which used to be when we were the ruler."
 
Drawing comparision with her Delhi and Modi's Gujarat, she quipped, "The Congress government in Delhi is pro-people. The BJP has been ruling Gujarat for 17 years... the state has been on a decline. When we were in power, the growth was 40%. Modi's growth is only 10%."
 
"We don't have to learn from Modi, he needs to learn from my government. We don't believe in blowing our own trumpet," she thundered.
 
She said: "When the BJP government could not even implement sixth pay commission and invest in health sector, how can he talk of development."
 
"See the development in Delhi....See the health facilities there... Even people from neighbouring areas like UP come for treatment to the national capital," she said.
 
Denouncing the BJP government for taking credit for centrally-sponsored schemes, she said the Gujarat government is ''befooling" the people by placing the CM's picture on state highways development by the UPA government.
 
"I invite you to come to Delhi. You will get 24-hour power. Have come to Ahmedabad after 8 years. It is not the same it used to be. Look at my state, it also doesn't look the same, but this is due to development. I am doing to make Delhi a global township," said Dikshit, who looked a bit unprepared and quoted some incorrect facts on per capita income and was corrected by Gujarat Congress chief thrice.
 
She also slammed the media for being 'pro Modi', saying, "Whatever he says doesn't become a news. Even if a small party leader endorses him for PM, you guys keep showing it the whole day."
 
Though the Congress has tried to showcase 'Sheila power' in Gujarat, the move has also raised questions on the much-talked about its leadership crisis in the state. The party has, so far, not even declared its chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming polls, though buzz making the rounds in political circles claim Sonia Gandhi's 'Man Friday' Ahmed Patel might be later projected as the CM.
 
On why the Congress needed a leader of her stature to release its Gujarat manifesto, Dikshit who innitially dodged the question later told Dailybhaskar.com that "I had no stature when I took over Delhi... Development speaks and that's what I did. It is not about me or any other leader. It is about being pro-aam aadmi."
 
Gujarat Congress President Arjun Modhwadia also played down on the reports, saying, "It's nothing new. We have been doing this... Our rip-roaring victory will silence the critics and we will carve out a new Gujarat."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has already announced irrigation for 'rainless' Saurashtra.
 
Addressing a press conference, Gujarat Congress President Arjun Modhwadia said: "Our manifesto aims to restore our lost fortunes in the state. We will not have Tatas, Birlas and Satyams, we will create a state for aam Gujarat."
 
"At present, Secretariat only welcome high-end people, but we will open the doors for aam aadmi... We promise an exploitation-free tenure."
 
"Modi has transferred all resources to his favourite bussiness tycoons... that's the reason they keep harping praises on Gujarat CM," he alleged.
 
Inveighing Modi for 'stealing its ghar nu ghar scheme', he said: "We have already got 50,000 samples and also prepared the model... We will also release a document next few days on how the houses will look like.
 
Dikshit said: "Our manifesto is always pro-people. BJP has been in power for 17 years... the state has been on a decline. When we were in power, the growth was 40%. Modi's growth is only 10%..."
 
"We don't have to learn from Modi, he needs to learn from my government in Delhi. We don't believe in blowing our own trumpet," she roared.
 
She said: "When the BJP government could not even implement sixth pay commission and invest in health sector, how can he talk of development."
 
"See the development in Delhi....See the health facilities there... Even people from neighbouring areas like UP come for treatment to the national capital," she said.
 
Denouncing the BJP government for taking credit for centrally-sponsored schemes, she said the Gujarat government is ''befooling" the people by placing the CM's picture on state highways development by the UPA government.
 
"I invite you to come to Delhi. You will get 24-hour power. Have come to Ahmedabad after 8 years. It is not the same it used to be. Look at my state, it also doesn't look the same, but this is due to development. I am doing to make Delhi a global township," said Dikshit, who looked a bit unprepared and quoted some incorrect facts on per capita income and was corrected by Gujarat Congress chief thrice.
 
She also slammed the media for being 'pro Modi', saying, "Whatever he says doesn't become a news. Even if a small party leader endorses him for PM, you guys keep showing it the whole day."
 
it might also rope in party general secretary to compaign in Gujarat.
 
The party aims to impress the electorate enough to break nearly 18 year sabbatical from power in the state. It might also rope in party general secretary to compaign in Gujarat.
 
A day after Modi released the BJP’s 'dream' election manifesto; the 'stung' Congress has been left with nothing impressive to placate the aam voter.
 
The Congress had already promised a number of sops, including affordable housing, free laptop to students, among other things. 
 
Interestingly, to counter the grand old party's highly popular 'ghar nu ghar' scheme which saw even some of BJP leaders rushing to grab the forms, Modi has also promised construction of 50 lakh new houses at the cost of Rs 33,000 crore in rural and urban areas. 
 
Modi said the BJP regime would set up 50 lakh houses for rural and urban Gujarat. "I don't want people to migrate to other areas in search of shelter, I want them to stay where they want and feel at home," Modi told Dailybhaskar.com on the sidelines of BJP's manifesto press meet.
 
The Congress was quick to blast Modi for stealing its manifesto, asking why his government did not undertake this in the last 10 years. 
 
Though the Congress on Monday said there was nothing new in BJP's election manifesto, Modi has brought it also at the same place. The party now seems to be left with only one option -- to offer a clear policy regarding how the ruling party at the Centre plans to bring members of minority community into the mainstream since it finds no mention in BJP's election manifesto.
 
Modi manifesto has been crafted on the lines of insurance for all. It promises sops for farmers, poors, youth, doctors, sportspersons, students and women.
 
It talks about guarantee-free loans to students, network of hostels for 40,000 higher education students, 'pro-people'' Gujarat,  female courts, holistic development of sports, women enpowerment, e-governance, urban and rural development, IT, new energy sources, agri-pwer resources, irrigation, development of adivasi-dominated areas, Dalits and neglected sections, and most importantly his newborn votebank the neo middle class.
 
The Congress also took a swipe at Modi’s assertion on the creation of a new neo-middle class in GuMojarat. 
 
The BJP under Modi aimed to address the needs of a new socio-economic group termed as the new middle class.
 
“The economic progress in the last 10 years has developed a new middle class; we aim to define the new middle class and work to address their problems,” Modi said.
 
Eyeing a new vote bank, Modi said: "My manifesto talks about my action plan. The development in Gujarat has not come overnight. I have been continuously working on it. I brought several schemes for middle class and lower middle class to boost their confidence. I will now empower new middle class and bring a new definition for them. We wil set up an expert committee to work on it."
 
However, chiding the BJP leader, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, "I think it is peculiar. With great respect it is a little bizarre. It is someone saying I created the internet. If the middle class in this country has prospered, it is because of the policies which have been put in place by UPA government. 
 
Photo courtesy: Ankur Tewari
Your Opinion
 
To post this comment you must log in

Login/Connect with:
OR
Fill in your details
 
 

Will be displayed

 
 

Will be displayed

 
Code:
4 + 5

 
Advertisement
Ethical voting

Top News

 
Advertisement
 

From The Web

 
 
 
 
 

Photogallery